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Have you ever struggled with fitting the contents of your Excel spreadsheet on one page? There are several ways to get around this, one of which is to use the Print Preview option in Excel. While in Print Preview mode, click the Margins button or tick the Show Margins checkbox to display the margins in Excel. You can now drag the right, left, top, and bottom margins just the way you want to be able fit the data onto the page.
Want to change the default download location for Mozilla Firefox? Perhaps you want to have it default to your desktop, or a special folder on your hard drive? To do so, go to the Options menu in Firefox, then under the General tab look for the Downloads section. Browse to a location in the “Save files to” option screen, then click on OK and you should be good to go. Alternatively, you can have Firefox prompt you for a location for every download by choosing the option “Always ask me where to save files” instead.
On some computers with really large drives, the Recycle Bin’s default size setting (10% of your hard drive space) can be too much and may be an inefficient use of space. Over time, you may need to recover this extra space, and it’s easy to do so. Just right-click on the Recycle Bin and move the slider to the left to reduce its allocated disk space. Click on OK, and you might be surprised at just how much space you were able to recover.
Many users download Adobe Acrobat Reader to open PDF Documents, but it can be slow to start up and load a file. However, you can use Chrome as your default PDF viewer. It’s really fast and unlike other free PDF viewers it’s a breeze to set up and use. Simply open Google Chrome and type chrome://plugins in the address field. Make sure “Chrome PDF Viewer” is enabled in the list of plugins. Next, right-click on any PDF file and choose “Open With” and navigate to the “Choose Program” link. Select Google Chrome in the list of applications provided, making sure to check the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” checkbox. Finally, click on Open. The next time you open a PDF document it will open in Google Chrome.
When Windows 7 was released, it introduced a new feature called Snap — which allows users to easily resize windows when they are dragged to the edges of the screen. Depending on where the window is dragged, it expands vertically, takes up the entire screen, or arranges itself side-by-side with another open window. If you find this feature more annoying than helpful, you can disable it in the “Ease of Access Center” in the Windows Control Panel. Click on the “Change how your mouse works” link, scroll down to the “Make it easier to manage windows” section, then check the box labeled “Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.”
Google’s Chrome browser has special commands that can show you basic browser settings and info from within the browser’s main window. This can be helpful since it presents browser information in one neat page that can easily be searched. For example, to view bookmarks, type “chrome://bookmarks” in the search or URL box. To view downloads, type “chrome://downloads”, and to view your history, type “chrome://history”.
There are times when you might want to open multiple instances of the same software program quickly, such as when you need to work on multiple documents in Word or Excel, or when you want to launch multiple windows of your browser. In Windows 7, you can do this easily. Just press and hold down the SHIFT key while left-clicking on the first instance of the program in the Windows taskbar, and a new instance of the same program is opened.
Instead of copying files to multiple locations in your hard drive to make sure you can find it easily, consider using shortcuts instead. Shortcuts are simply links to the original file, folder, or programs from which it was created. You can distinguish a shortcut by the arrow in the lower-left corner of the icon. To create a shortcut, right-click the file and then click Create Shortcut . Create as many as you want, and drag them to the appropriate locations within your hard drive.
Did you know that typing “about:” plus another word in Firefox will allow you to view special configuration information of the browser—some of which you can actually tweak and customize? To try it, type “about:” to show general and version information. Try “about:cache” to view the browser cache, or “about:plugins” to show plugin information. If you are feeling adventurous, try “about:config” to show the browser configuration settings (but be careful when changing settings here). And for some extra fun, type “about:Mozilla” to see a special things provided by the developers.
If you share your computer with other users or manage the computers in your home or office, there are times when you may want to restrict users from changing folder options, such as making Windows system files visible which are invisible by default or showing file extensions. To do this, go to the Windows Start Menu and click on Run . Type “regedit” to launch the windows system registry tool. Next, go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Microsoft / Windows / Curre ntVersion / Policies / Explorer. It may be a good idea to backup your registry at this point . After creating a back-up, double-click on NoFolderOptions and set its value to 1 . After doing so, users will no longer be able to edit Folder Options. To reverse, set the value back to 0 .
Do you have a Gmail account but prefer using Outlook to access your email? You can configure your Gmail to behave like a normal mailbox so that you can download it using your favorite desktop or mobile client such as Outlook. You can then access your mail offline, and use tools you already use with Outlook, such as Outlook’s mail formatting features and MS Office integration. Here’s how: 1. First set up your Gmail account for POP or IMAP . If you use other Outlook features such as Tasks and Notes, consider using Google App Sync for Outlook instead. 2. In Outlook, add a new email account. Remember to use your email address when setting up your account (including ‘@gmail.com’ or ‘@your_domain.com’). For the exact steps, follow the instructions here . 3. Are you using a mail client other than Outlook? Check out instructions from Google here .
Would you like to customize the Windows 7 Logon Screen and use your own wallpaper image? There are actually several ways to do this. The first method involves editing the registry and creating a folder containing your own custom images. However, if you are uncomfortable doing this, or if it seems like too much work, there is a free application that can do it for you called Windows 7 Logon Background Changer . The download is a zip file, and once you unzip it, just run the installer. After installation, the program will allow you to choose from images already on your drive and view a preview of how it will look. Find out more by downloading the program .
When you installed MS Office 2007 or 2010, you had the choice of installing the entire suite or picking and choosing which apps you wanted. If you now find you want to change those selections, we can help. Read more .
Have you ever clicked “Never Remember” for a password, only to decide later that you do want Firefox to remember it? Here’s how you can get Firefox to re-prompt you. Read more .
Windows 7 offers location-specific Aero themes based on the language and location you pick during installation. But did you know you can access other hidden themes from different countries? Read more .
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Do you send lots of e-mails every day? If so, this tip is for you. Save time by creating a shortcut on your desktop that will open a new e-mail window when double-clicked. Read more .
Firefox 3.6 has yet another secret feature that could significantly improve your web browsing on Windows: scroll acceleration. Read more .
USB flash drives are very handy for storing backups, personal documents, music, pictures, portable applications, and more. In fact, they’re so convenient that we dump information onto them without much organization, and they can get crowded and messy quickly. Learn how clear up disk space to accommodate more files on your flash drives. Read more .
Tired of slow printing? You can take action speed up the processing time of your printer, as well as the printing speed itself. These tips are easy to accomplish, or require a minimal financial investment. Read more.
ReadyBoost can speed up your computer by using storage space on most USB flash drives and flash memory cards. Read more.
A new year means a fresh start (or a compulsive desire to stay organized). Why not start today? Here are 5 folders we’ve identified on your PC or Mac that could use a little reorganizing. It may require a few hours of your time to do, but trust us, it’ll make you feel warm and fuzzy inside when they’re clear. Read more.
The Recycle Bin’s default size is equivalent to 10 percent of the drive size. But if you delete a larger size file accidentally, you might need it to be larger. Here’s how to re-set the maximum storage size of the Recycle Bin. Read more.
Most people associate pop-ups with annoying advertisements that must be closed to continue reading the web page underneath. However, there are times when you need pop-ups to use a webpage as it was intended to be used. Learn to control how pop-ups behave when using IE8 on the web. Read more
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Sorting lists of names by last name is easy if they are listed in a LAST, FIRST order. But what if the names are in FIRST LAST order? This tip explains features in Word that make this possible. Read more.
Here are some free online tools that can help you modify PDF files. What’s even better is they don’t require downloads or installation. The only requirement is an Internet connection and browser. Read more .
Create easy-to-read and type Internet addresses from the long addresses often found on popular sites such as Amazon, eBay, and MapQuest by using online services that shrink the address. Read more.
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If you use Web sites to share your documents, movies, pictures, and music files, you probably know what it means to have to convert files. Good thing there is a Web site that performs file format conversions online. It’s free, helpful, and extremely simple to use. Read more .
If you spend your day replying to e-mail in Microsoft Outlook, you may find yourself with a stack of open message windows all over your screen by lunchtime. Fortunately, most recent versions of Outlook can help you keep things tidy by closing the windows for you. Read more.
The most commonly used feature in Internet browsers is the Back button, and many users click it several times to get where they want to be. However, all browsers also have a small down arrow that allows you to quickly see and access the last several pages you’ve visited as well. Read more.
Styles are a powerful feature of Word that help you easily define the way your text should appear. This tip explains how you can define styles or modify existing styles. Read more.
In Office 2010, the locations of some features are different, and if you’ve recently upgraded you might be wondering where you can add signatures to your emails. Here are the steps for inserting signatures in Outlook 2010. Read more.
Start Menu Search is one of the best features in modern Windows versions, but in Windows 7, it can only be used to search for programs and files by default. Fortunately, with a simple change, you can use Start Menu Search to trigger Internet searches as well - and these searches will be performed by your default browser and search engine. Read more.
Among a host of power management options available in Windows 7, sleep mode is a convenient way to save power and reduce wear and tear on your computer’s hardware. However, your mouse is set by default to wake up Windows 7 from sleep mode, and one slight tap or vibration can wake your computer up. Luckily, you can disable this feature. Read more.
The Windows Disk Cleanup Wizard will delete your temporary files, but only if they are over a week old. Here is a tip that shows you how to create a simple batch script that will clean up your temporary files and directories automatically. Read more.
Finding delicate control with your optical mouse difficult? Does the arrow pointer keep jumping all over the place? Well, here’s a tip that will help. Read more.
You may know how to add multiple files to one zip file, but do you know how create individual zip archives for each file automatically? Read more.
When your computer keyboard starts looking dirty, yellowish, or some keys are not working properly, it may be time to learn how to clean it properly. Read more.
The performance of a Wi-Fi home network greatly depends on signal strength of the wireless router or wireless access point. To position your wireless equipment for optimal network performance, follow these guidelines. Read more.
Using your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone as a modem for Internet access on your laptop is great in a pinch when there’s no Wi-Fi service available or your regular Internet service goes down. Read more.
SD cards can be tricky little gadgets. They sit in our cameras and cell phones, just waiting for us to take the picture of a lifetime. . .at which time, of course, they stop responding. While nothing can predict when or where an SD card will die, proper formatting can both lengthen the life of the card and provide the most available space possible. Read more.
If you have ever asked how to change the default background color of the Calendar in Outlook 2007, read on. Read more .
If your PDF prints larger or smaller than you want, use Page Scaling to print at the size you’d prefer. Use Tiling to print banners and other large format items across multiple sheets of paper. Read more .
You can shut down, restart or log off from Windows 7 or Vista in a few quick steps - without going through the Start Menu or using any 3rd party applications. Read more.
When you find yourself performing a task or series of tasks repeatedly Excel spreadsheets, save time by creating a macro to do the work for you. Read more .
Several printing options in PowerPoint 2007 let you print slides, speaker notes, presentation outline, and audience handouts. Here are tips on how to use them. Read more.
If you work while traveling, you can always use a longer battery life. It makes little sense to lug your laptop around if it’s constantly out of power. Having a spare battery certainly helps, but practicing energy-saving habits to prolong the life of your laptop battery works too. Read more.
Since paper is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the price of ink, you may think more about conserving ink. But conserving paper too is great for the environment – and your wallet. Fortunately, it’s easy to do. Read more.
The mouse is a primary way of interacting with the computer, so smooth and responsive functioning is a must. Here are some tips for trouble-free mousing. Read more .
When saving a file in Windows 7 you can select a library to save it in – but because libraries aren’t real locations, the file is stored to the defined save folder such as My Documents or Public Documents. However, you can reset the properties of the folder to suit your needs. Read more.
Jump Lists are lists of recently opened items, such as files, folders, or websites, organized by the program that you used to open them. You can also pin favorites to a Jump List, so you can quickly get to the items that you use every day. Read more.
Need to quickly find out what day it would be 45 days from now without counting squares on a calendar? Want to know how many days until a holiday, birthday, meeting, or other special event? The built-in calculator in Windows 7 can answer these questions. Read more.
To see images the way they are intended to be seen, calibrate your monitor so that what you see is what you get. Here’s how. Read more .
Scanners are the critical link between the non-digital and the digital world. Any picture or document can be turned into a digital format with a scanner. When looking for a scanner, you want to get one good enough to do what you need it to do, but avoid overpaying for features you will not use. The first thing to look at is resolution. Read more.
Are you getting a “USB device not recognized” error for a USB mouse, keyboard, or other USB device? Already tried normal fixes, such as uninstalling and reinstalling the driver, but it’s still not working? A possible solution may surprise you. Read more
Do you want to lock and password-protect your important folders in Windows 7 or Vista? If you have multiple accounts including one with administrator privileges in Windows 7 / Vista, then you can set access privileges for individual folders. Read more
Web-worker Daily shares some useful tips on how to improve your efficiency using dual monitors with your computer. Both Mac OS and Windows support dual monitors, and you can get two 20-inch monitors for less money than what it would take to buy a larger display. Read more http://webworkerdaily.com/2009/06/02/3-efficiency-tips-for-using-dual-monitors/
Want to get rid of that annoying white box that appears around your logo when you place it in PowerPoint? ZDNet’s Techguide shares a useful tip on how to remove the background so your logo looks great on any color slide. Read more http://www.zdnetasia.com/remove-that-annoying-background-from-your-company-logo-62063214.htm
You can create a keyboard shortcut for your favorite websites using Internet Explorer. Read more http://www.computerhope.com/tips/tip1.htm
Inc.com posted five business uses for your digital frame, including using it as a presentation tool at tradeshows or as an ice breaker before a meeting. Read more http://www.inc.com/tech-blog/5-business-uses-for-a-digital-frame.html?partner=newsletter_Goods
The new Windows 7 taskbar allows you to dock items to the taskbar, combining the features of both the normal taskbar as well as Quick Launch. But what if you want to bring back the Quick Launch Bar to the Taskbar in Windows 7? Read more